The teacher

Short biography


Damjan Cingarski is born in 1978 in Skopje.

Education: Master of Architecture (Faculty of Architecture - Skopje)

Proffesion: Architect

Martial arts involvement:

In September 2000 he starts training "Real Aikido" (martial art created by Ljubomir Vracarevic from Serbia, which besides the name has very little in common with Aikido). Through his improvement in this martial art he begins to be interested in Aikido and in April 2002 curiosity takes him to his first aikido seminar in Novi Sad, Serbia, held by Michele Quaranta sensei (Aikikai appointed shidoin in ASCA - Switzerland). Quaranta sensei spreads the aikido inharited from Masatomi Ikeda shihan, his teacher. Seeing the difference and feeling the true nature of Aikido, Damjan Cingarski decides to dedicate himself to Aikido and to start following the teachings of Masatomi Ikeda shihan. At that period of time the Aikido availability in Skopje is poor so he continues to self-develope and visits all the seminars that he can, going to the neighboring countries.

In 2003 he becomes a member of the Aikido federation of Serbia and Montenegro - Aikikai SCG, in order to have the opportunity to be examined for kyu degrees in a recognized organization by Aikikai Foundation in Japan. He is examined for all degrees by Michele Quaranta sensei. He now has the rank of 3rd Dan.

In April 2005 together with a group of enthusiasts he decides to start a dojo of his own at which he can practice and promote aikido in an organized way. So, Henbo aikido dojo was created.

In 2006 he becomes president of the Macedonian Aikido Federation - Aikikai Macedonia.

In April 2008 passes the 1 ° Dan exam in front of Michele Quaranta sensei.

In March 2011 passes the 2 ° Dan exam in front of Michele Quaranta sensei.

In September 2012 takes a trip to Japan, to the congress organized by the International Aikido Federation (IAF). On the same occasion, spends a week practicing at the center of the aikido world - Aikikai Hombu in Tokyo.

In March 2015 passes the 3 ° Dan exam in front of Michele Quaranta sensei.

He has participated in over 110 Aikido seminars across Europe, of which 9 weekly summer school and has attended the special school for coaching in the didactic system of Ikeda Masatomi sensei .